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Thursday, 11 November 1948

Mr BEALE (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question relates to the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act and the denial of the right of appeal from decisions of the conciliation commissioners to the Arbitration Court. That provision was contained in amending legislation that was enacted last year. Is the Prime Minister aware that some of the unions are objecting to the fact that there is no right of appeal to the Arbitration Court from the awards of conciliation commissioners? Is the right honorable gentleman also aware that some unions obtain a species _ of appeal by the device of striking against the award of the conciliation commissioners knowing that the Government will then appoint some person to investigate the cause of the strike. As a result of that device the union gets another hearing of its dispute, which is denied to-

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